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Steve Steffensen, M.D.

UT Health Austin Care Team Member

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

B.A. Letters
University of Oklahoma


Residency, Neurology
National Naval Medical Center


Steve Steffensen, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist and former active-duty Navy officer who is recognized as a national leader in health innovation. He is an associate professor in the departments of Neurology and Population Health at Dell Medical School.

Prior to coming to Dell Medical School, Steffensen was the chief of innovation for the Military Health System and also served as the personal adviser to the Army surgeon general. His past experience includes management of the largest health IT research and development program within the Department of Defense focused on electronic health records, mobile health and medical device technologies. Additionally, he was as a founding board member of the Johns Hopkins University Military and Veterans Health Institute where he represented Johns Hopkins on the Obama administration Joining Forces initiative.

During his military career, Steffensen gained a reputation for innovation in community and global health domains as well as being a passionate advocate for the needs of the combat medic. He played a major role in early interoperability efforts leading the first Department of Defense Nationwide Health Information Network initiative and Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program between the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Steffensen has also been a lifelong advocate for the arts and humanities, focusing on the importance of medical humanities to clinical practice. His background as a technology enthusiast, practicing clinician, advocate for the humanities and former military officer has afforded Steffensen a unique perspective on the problems facing health care today.